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Walk With Us Project

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Author/Publisher/Website: www.digitalhumanlibrary.org/walk-us-project/
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Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-12
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Resource Description

This web page introduces teachers to the “Walk With Us” project, an initiative developed to provide students from small, rural First Nations communities an opportunity to share their communities with the world by uploading virtual tours and 360 degree images. Teachers can access teachers’ guides and resources for further exploration and to help them conduct a similar project with their classes and have their students create and add their own Virtual Tours to the communal map. They can also connect online with educators and classes across Canada working on similar projects. Note that teachers will need to consider what is appropriate to share publicly.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This resource supports many areas of the curriculum, including some Big Ideas from Social Studies (Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity. Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.), ELA (Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world), and ADST (Technologies are tools that extend human capabilities.)

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Ethical:
This project was conducted in small rural First Nations' communities. Teachers wishing to replicate the project should consider gaining support and/or permission from community members before creating and sharing virtual tours of those communities with a broader public audience.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
This project provides students from small rural First Nations communities with an opportunity to share their communities through uploading virtual tours and 360 degree images to the world. This allows students to develop pride in where they come from and a global context in which to share their work and connect to other communities across Canada. Teachers need to be cognizant of what is appropriate to share publicly and understand that this project could be scaled for other applications.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Is the resource an Authentic First Peoples Text?
Yes
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Comments:
This site is not specific for student use, but rather a starting point for teachers who may be interested in replicating the project as outlined on the site. The creator of the site is not of First Nations ancestry, but the bulk of the project itself is conducted in First Nations' communities, with students creating the original content.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Moderately
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Moderately
Descriptors:
Search engine can search the entire site
External links are operational
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
This is a one page web page embedded on a larger website (The Digital Human Library). The web page itself contains a number of links that will allow the user to access more detailed information and create a user account to connect with other educators who are replicating the "Walk With Us" project in other communities.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Comments:
This web page is not built as an instructional or student resource. Teachers would need to use the site and its embedded links to further explore the specifics of replicating the project in their own classroom.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Moderately
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Descriptors:
Basic search
Student social media tools
Video content can be chunked
Comments:
This web page provides a starting point to explore the "Walk With Us" project. It is better suited for teacher use. There are links for connecting to social media embedded in the page. Video content could be chunked but would need to be done by the teacher.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
n/a
Win Version(s) :
n/a
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
This web page is intended to give an overview of the "Walk With Us" project. Teachers will need to go to the "Walk With Us" site to access teachers' guides and resources to replicate the project. The text is available in French. There is an external link that will take viewers to a "Walk With Us" blog and web page for more information.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This web page explains the context and application of the "Walk With Us" project, and is embedded in the larger website of "the Human Digital Library" as one of the supported projects of that site. Teachers can use this site as a reference for conducting a similar project in their own classrooms. Teachers could project the web page and share the details with students, exploring the community map and embedded tours.
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